The Groundsman

April 2016

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CONTENTS 3 the Groundsman April 2016 Editorial address: 28 Stratford Offi ce Village Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East Milton Keynes, MK12 5TW Tel: 01908 312511 www.iog.org MANAGING EDITOR Karen Maxwell kmaxwell@iog.org Tel: 01908 552987 FEATURES EDITOR Colin Hoskins editor@iog.org Tel: 01634 832 221 PRODUCT EDITOR Paul Groves paul.groves@tspmedia.co.uk Tel: 01952 234 000 IOG MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: 01908 312511 membership@iog.org MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sue Fernandes Tel: 01908 312511 accounts@iog.org SUBSCRIPTIONS £72.00 UK £82.00 Europe £112 Rest of World DESIGN TSP Media Kat Jones kat@tspmedia.co.uk ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Kellie Wake kellie@tspmedia.co.uk Tel: 01952 234 000 The Groundsman is published monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. All material is copyright of the Institute of Groundsmanship and may not be reproduced without permission. The publishers do not accept responsibility for any advertisement appearing in the Journal and cannot be held liable for editorial omissions or errors. The views expressed in the Journal are not necessarily those of the Institute of Groundsmanship. Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme Regional pitch advisors in FA's £8 million scheme IOG Best Practice John leads from the front at Leicester City FC IOG Best Practice St Ives volunteer greenkeepers hit targets Ahead of the Game Flavours of a golf course in the desert Features Contents Award sponsor Grassroots pitch renovation tour Grow with the IOG Female sports turf apprentices Technical Update Why we aerate soil Product Showcase Ride-on mowers Product Showcase Irrigation management News Other sections In Action Maintenance Calendar Weather Update IOG News Branch News Industry News SALTEX News 6 8 10 14 16 18 22 24 26 28 32 35 40 44 46 47 FOLLOW US Facebook: search for Institute of Groundsmanship LinkedIn Twitter: @the_iog Recruitment Classifi eds 48 49 28 COVER FOCUS the Groundsman APRIL 2016 www.iog.org Published by The Institute of Groundsmanship April 2016 £4.00 www.iog.org FA launches £8 million Pitch Improvement Programme COVER FOCUS INVESTING IN THE FUTURE BOWLS GREENKEEPING Volunteers hit their targets LEADING FROM THE FRONT John Ledwidge builds an award-winning team at Leicester City FC LADIES IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester's female apprentices 18 John leads from the front at Leicester City FC 22 Award-winning volunteer greenkeepers Manchester's female apprentices Investing in the future We explain the role of the IOG regional pitch advisors in The Football Association's £8 million Pitch Improvement Programme to improve the quality of 2,000 playing surfaces throughout England See article on page 16

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